Tuesday, February 17, 2009

[Exceptionally] Pretty pictures: transmitted light -- Part VI

It's transmitted-light photo time again! (Mostly because I've been too busy to come up with a real post and I'm doing this at the last minute!)

The previous transmitted light posts can be found here.

Philodendron 'Moonlight.' Looks like there's a bit of reflected light happening in addition to the transmitted light.

Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Marianne.' This is a difficult plant to photograph: something always happens to make the colors and textures less interesting.

Aspidistra lurida 'Milky Way.' Is that the constellation Cassiopeia in the top left?

Ficus elastica 'Tineke.' I think F. elastica may be too thick-leaved for this technique to work particularly well. But I tried.

Clerondendrum thomsoniae. Is it just me, or does this seem kinda . . . disorganized, for a plant?

Platycerium bifurcatum. I think this picture is awesome.

Neoregelia NOID 'Nuance' (bract). There's something subtle going on in this picture that I really like. I just can't put my finger on what it is exactly.

Alpinia zerumbet. Not bad, considering the position I had to hold myself in to get the shot.

Fittonia albivenis. Anybody who knows tropical plants knew that Fittonia was going to show up in one of these posts sooner or later.

Cordyline fruticosa 'Bicolor.' Love all the different colors.


TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

I think they are masterpieces, plase make a collage of them as well. Like a quilt it will be so beautiful.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful collection of texture and colors!

Unknown said...

The Dieffenbachia has a nice Glaser-I-Love-New-York-More-Than-Ever-redesign cum Richard-Avedon-Cat-Power-photo-from-the-New-Yorker vibe in the bottom right there.

which is to say: hottttt

mr_subjunctive said...

Well, and IIRC, the Dieffenbachia wasn't sure it was wearing underwear either. So it has that connection as well.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, as always.

I'm still keeping Phil. 'Autumn' as my wallpaper.


Anonymous said...

I love the Platycerium picture; ferns always seem to come out the best. And though I'm dying to know, I won't ask what position you had to get into for the Alpinia pic.

Anonymous said...

In the past two days, I have read your entire blog. (It helped that yesterday was a holiday!) You are great, your plant profiles are amazing, and your day-to-day posts are very interesting. Please, please don't stop.

mr_subjunctive said...


Not that I don't like the 'Autumn' picture, but I'm a little surprised it's wallpaper-worthy.


For the Alpinia picture, I basically had to lay down on the greenhouse floor, except that I couldn't quite lay down because then I couldn't reach close enough to get the shot. It was roughly the pose one gets into when limboing.

Also there's a pretty neat Polypodium picture coming up, much later. It's in like part XIV or something.


I'd noticed (from checking Sitemeter). Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for saying so.

kompoStella said...

hullo there -
i'll agree with everyone else; really great pictures! and what a wonderful way to look at leaves, i'll do the same when the light returns (soon, i hope).
thanks for sharing :-)